In February 2000, Richard Zimler went to the Perth Writers Festival and met a talented dancer who told him how much his novel THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON had meant to her. The tragic step she would take the next day would change Zimler´s life forever, and launch him into an intense, three-year investigation of her past.
He uncovers the story of two girls – one Palestinian, one Israeli – as he is led by his questions to 1950s Haifa, through a web of illusion and deceit and finally to September 11, 2001, when the tragedy he witnessed in Perth is set in the starkest of political contexts.

Blurring conventional boundaries between fact and fiction, THE SEARCH FOR SANA examines the nature of true friendship, and the inception of an unthinkable crime.

Richard Zimler was born in New York and has lived in Portugal for the past 30 years. His award-winning novels have been bestsellers in a dozen countries, beginning with THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON (Overlook, 1998), which has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide.  He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review.